USA - NFWF Celebrates 20 Years of Coral Reef Conservation, Announces $1.2 Million in New Grants
Eleven grants will address threats and develop tools for restoration and management of coral reefs in U.S. and Caribbean waters
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $1.2 million in grants to support community-based efforts to improve the health and resilience of coral reefs in Florida, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and the Caribbean. The grants will leverage nearly $1.3 million in matching contributions to generate a total conservation impact of more than $2.5 million.
The grants were awarded through the Coral Reef Conservation Fund, a 20-year conservation partnership between NFWF and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), with major funding this year from Aramco Americas and additional support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
“This year, we are excited to celebrate 20 years of dedication to coral reef conservation, and we welcome Aramco Americas as our newest partner in our ongoing efforts,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. “Coral reefs are critically important habitats for thousands of marine species, and they also offer coastal communities protection against storms and provide many other social and economic benefits. For two decades, the Coral Reef Conservation Fund has made possible new and innovative ways to help coral reefs remain healthy and resilient.”